Hawley Waterman

Hawley Waterman

Organization: Coach, A.D., Hall of Fame Founder
Year: 1988

Perhaps no one has done more to expand the athletic department at Kean University than Hawley Waterman. The first full-time director of athletics, he was responsible for starting the football, lacrosse, wrestling, women's soccer, softball and ice hockey programs.

He is also the founder of the Athletic Hall of Fame.

In addition to starting the football and lacrosse programs, Waterman was also the first head coach of each. He coached the football team in 1970 and 1971, recruiting and gathering enough talented players from a predominantly female student population to lead the squad to a solid 4-2 record in his first season.

Waterman resigned from his football duties after the 1971 campaign, but continued in his role as lacrosse coach for a remarkable 25 seasons. His clubs compiled a 201-127 record that included four Knickerbocker Conference Championships, two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships and six ECAC Tournament appearances.

Waterman coached four players who appeared in the prestigious North-South Game, including Robert Blakely, the first player in conference history to receive an invitation to play.

Always looking to teach as well as coach, Waterman was firm in his belief in athletics as a tool for learning. In his 25 years on the various sidelines, he never cut a player.

In addition to his years of duty to Kean, Waterman served as secretary of the New Jersey State College Athletic Conference for 15 years. He completed his tenure at Kean as the associate athletic director in charge of coordinating academic assistance for student-athletes.